First of all, modern science does not recognize the soul, but rather they are struggling with the difference between consciousness and the brain. I was just at a mental health presentation at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, which was focusing on the use of psychedelic drugs in treatment. One of the presenters said: “We do not understand the difference between consciousness and the brain.” I asked this member: “Then how can you effectively treat illnesses of consciousness?”
The best modern scientific research on this subject is being done by the Division of Perceptual Studies – University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Bruce Greyson, who has spent over a half of a century scientifically researching thousands of Near-Death Experiences. Through this extensive research, this is what modern science is willing to say:
The seventh lesson is that NDE’s raise questions about the continuation of consciousness after death. If it is true that minds can function in extreme circumstances without physical brains, that is may be possible that minds can continue to exist after the death of the brain.
An answer to what happens after death, may be beyond today’s scientific methods, or it may be just beyond our scientific imagination, but the scientific answer, if it ever comes, will likely be through indirect evidence, like the trail of bubble subatomic particles leave in a bubble chamber. I don’t know if some kind of continued consciousness after death is the best explanation for NDE experiencers seeing loved ones that no one knew had died, but I do not have any alternative explanation for the evidence. We may eventually come up with another explanation, but until then, some form of continued consciousness after death seems to be the most plausible working model. The evidence, that under extreme conditions, we can see beyond the range that our physical senses see and hear, and that we can remember things our physical brains have not processed, comes not just from NDE’s but from a variety of research avenues. So, it makes sense to me to live our lives as if this is really the way things are. That we are more than our physical bodies, that some part of us may continue after our physical bodies stop working, and that we may be intimately connected to something greater than ourselves. And that has tremendous implications as to how we live our lives, and for what makes our lives meaningful and worthwhile.
Modern science has come a long way in the past 30 years on this subject, but practicing doctors are still being taught that a human is purely a physical being. Until doctors and researchers are taught what Greyson has discovered, those suffering illnesses of consciousness or of the soul, will not receive effective care.
Back to your original question: What is the difference between the soul and the mind? Greyson hints at this point in his NDE studies. He says that the experiences people have when their brain is not functioning are more real than normal memories, because consciousness (the soul) is not being filtered by the brain. Humans who have reached a high level of enlightenment are able to access the unfiltered knowledge and wisdom of their soul.
How to navigate the abyss, dark and light energies, and expanding your consciousness with a guide.
By Wellness Radio with Dr. J
Jun 16, 2022 – 56:01
Dr. Jeanette welcomes Shawn Murphy from Switzerland, author of Torn Between Two Worlds: Modern Medicine and Spiritual Healing, to explore the journey through the abyss of consciousness we are now in. Today, we are expanding our human, spiritual, and soul being. Our consciousness is challenging us to hold on to the past and old ways or open up to a different way of existing with new tools and beliefs. The abyss is the transition period we are taking as humans transforming from dense human forms locked in story and history to light energy beings with unlimited potential to explore. What was, what is, is no longer. What is the next step? Is it a step off, down, or into the unknown? Are you ready? Perhaps you are already far along your way and you haven’t even realized it. When you know you are being guided, you are there for a purpose, and the old way of being is no longer you, then the door behind you closes and there is no going back. Along your path, you may encounter different types of energy forms, such as ghosts or dark energy and feel great fear to stop you in your tracks. All energy, dark and light, have a place in this world. All beings in human and spirit form are a part of this universe. All feelings and emotions are free to be explored and let go, just as the truths and beliefs that hold us back. Are you ready to start dancing in the abyss and untether your story?
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In summation, this book covers many controversial viewpoints but backs them up in a logical fashion. The end of the book suggests several resources to understand better the foundations for Murphy’s theses. Mark Twain’s thoughts on Joan of Arc, who took command of the King’s army at seventeen, are particularly enlightening. Walther Hinz’s work is intriguing as well. Overall, I rate the book and its theories and supporting references a fascinating read at the very least. Murphy has put his work in and should be commended for the amount of research and supporting documentation he provides in this book with his research and supporting documentation.
The author points out that we are all unique individuals, and by taking personal responsibility for our happiness we can acquire wisdom and overcome rhetoric. He also points out that each of us thinks differently and we should be respected for the benefits each type of thinking can bring us.
I was looking to forward to this film to see how they handle the topic that I discuss in my third book – Torn Between Two Worlds: Material and Ethereal. I was quickly disappointed in the first scene, where the discovery of life after death turns into a call for mass suicides. But then when I thought about it further, I realized that this might be a logical conclusion with no guiding philosophy. The conclusion drawn is that death is like “pushing the reset button” on life. In my book, I lay out some research into the consequences of the lifestyle on the type of after life that could follow such a life. There is an indication in the research that a suicide has dramatic consequences, including the theory that the next life could present the same issues that one is attempting to escape.
The second thing that stood out for me was a quote by Thomas (Robert Redford). He said, “Faith, oh god, I have such contempt for that word. Show me someone who relies on faith, and I’ll show you someone who has given up control over whatever it is that they believe.” This shows me how misunderstood faith is in the scientific community. Einstein was one of the few scientists that understood the importance of faith. He once said that he has faith in the nobility of nature. Science needs to relearn this trait if they are to successfully unravel some of nature’s secrets.
I often tell friends that they need to learn to have faith in themselves. By looking at all that one has been able to overcome already in life, should reassure one that they can handle anything life throws at them in the future – have faith instead of fear. This is faith based on a logical assessment of one’s accomplishments. No one should be ashamed of having faith in themselves or, like Einstein, in the beauty of nature.
This is the third and final battle. Even with all the knowledge and wisdom we have gained, every day we make choices between the material world and the ethereal world – choices between our ego or our true selves. Underpinning these personal choices are two ethereal destinations that are actively courting us. One of these destinations offers material rewards for its loyalty, while the other offers spiritual rewards. This final book will shed light onto the masters of these two destinations and the characteristics of their servants. The ancient Greeks referred to the two sets of servants as Nymphs and Muses. Each Nymph specializing in a different vice, ready to offer material reward for loyalty. Each Muse specializing in one of the virtues and offering wisdom for loyalty.
I will start by looking at the life of Abram and examine how these two masters tried to influence him. By taking what science has uncovered about the life of Abram and what religions teach about he and the lives of his children, we can begin to see the spiritual battle that has raged on earth since the beginning of time. The Archangel Michael was there at the beginning of this battle, and now it is our turn to finish the fight; this is the purpose of life in the material world.
The enlightened Greeks celebrated the emergence of Aphrodite from the Bitter Sea, escaping its ruler Poseidon and starting her journey back to Olympus. The cover also shows how they depicted Hercules, disguised in a lion skin, the symbol for the ruler of this world and of the Bitter Sea.